312 Down 828 To Go
36.9 Miles hiked in 3 Days
Day 1 10/16/2017
Map of today’s 14.7 mile hike here.
Got up early today 3:30 A I had a four hour drive ahead of me planning on a 15 mile hike and get camp setup before dark. I better get moving. Drove to Interstate Park where I would be camping for two nights and more importantly where the western terminus of the ice age trail starts.
Left home at 4:45 Am and got to the park at about 9:15 got a campsite #27 and being that my campsite was ¼ mile from the western terminus it made things easy for my first day logistics. So time to ride the motorcycle to The Trail head in Centuria, WI. And start hiking.
I started the hike on a rail trail for about ½ mile then a road section for about 4 miles before heading into the woods and heading down river (south) paralleling the St Croix River a beautiful section along the river with the fall colors past peak but plenty of leaves left on the trees. The St Croix River is a 169 mile long river whose lower 125 miles form the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin. This lead into the Wert Family Nature Preserve away and 400 feet above the river.
This lead to Zillmer Park (founder of the Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation, Inc. and originator of the Ice Age Trail) and then finishing at he Western Terminus in Interstate State Park.
I made it back to the campsite around 5 with enough daylight to setup camp. Set the tent up check out the video.
Made something to eat cleaned up and slept pretty good except for the car alarm that went off at least half a dozen times throughout the night sounded like it was coming from the other side of the campground. Thankfully they left and the next night was alarm free.
Day 2 10/17/2017
Map of today’s 14.5 Mile hike here.
Another 15 mile day and ready to get started. It was a little chilly at sunrise about 38 degrees but a great forecast of 70 and sunny. Got to the same trail head in Centuria this time heading northeast to the trail head in Fredrick. Almost the entire 15 miles was on the Gandy Dancer State Trail a former rail line converted to a recreational trail.
Rail trail are not my favorite but with perfect fall weather and changing leaves it should be a good day. I left Centuria heading northwest passing through the towns of Milltown and Luck ending up at the trailhead (I will begin here tomorrow) on the south side of Fredrick.
Some of the good and bad things about Rail Trails. The bad usually boring but not today, perfect fall weather and colorful leaves made it a great walk also on the bad side it can be hard on my feet due to the same steps taken with little variation as opposed to a varying trail which varies your steps. On the good side easy walking and you can spend more time looking around and less time watching where you are going.
Map of todays 7.9 mile hike here.
I saved the best for last. Up at sunrise to tear camp down and head out.
Today’s plan Trade River Segment and Straight Lake Segment. Perfect weather again was down to a t-shirt and shorts at 11 in the morning not bad for October 18. Started the hike through the Trade River Ski Area being followed by a large dog who really liked barking at me. The hike then went through the beautiful Straight Lake State Park highlighted by Oak Forests raining leaves.
Also saw some Beaver Activity
The untouched and undeveloped Straight Lake and the Straight River Tunnel Channel. The finest example of a Tunnel Channel in the Midwest.
I wish I had brought my good camera for this one. I highly recommend this hike preferably in the fall when some of the leaves are down so as to be able to see straight Lake and the Tunnel Channel. It may be wet in some areas during spring or high rain times.
That’s all for now Andy